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New Progress in Understanding Dementia

Jan 30, 2018 01:36PM

The 15th annual Alzheimer’s Association North Central Texas Chapter Spring Symposium, Dementia: Current Trends and Future Directions, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., March 22, at the Arlington Convention Center, offers An opportunity to learn the latest developments and advancements in Alzheimer’s research and caregiver practices.

The Association’s largest education event for family caregivers and healthcare professionals offers up-to-date, useful information on a variety of topics pertaining to Alzheimer’s and dementia-related care and support from experts in the field.

The morning plenary session will be presented by Laura Baker, Ph.D, associate professor of gerontology, geriatric medicine, neurology, social sciences and health policy at Wake Forest School of Medicine. Baker is most notably recognized as a primary investigator for the U.S. POINTER study.

The study, which will be discussed at the symposium, will determine if an intensive lifestyle intervention that involves exercise, diet, cognitive stimulation and increased medical monitoring, will protect brain health in cognitively healthy, but at-risk older adults.

Presenting the afternoon plenary session is Martin Schreiber, former governor of Wisconsin and author of My Two Elaines: Learning, Coping, and Surviving as an Alzheimer’s Caregiver. Schreiber will provide practical insider practices and tips to help caregivers.

Local and regional experts in Alzheimer’s disease, law, psychology, dementia care and more will offer breakout sessions on topics of interest to family members that are caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s and for healthcare workers that specialize in dementia care. Representatives of the Alzheimer’s Association and businesses serving the needs of caregivers and persons with dementia will have information available from symposium attendees.

Registration is $75 for professionals needing continuing education credit and $50 for professionals with no CEs. Light breakfast and lunch will be provided. There is no charge for family caregivers to attend. A suggested donation of $25 is appreciated to cover the costs. Location: 1200 Ballpark Way, Arlington. For more information or to register, call 1-800.272-3900 or visit bit.ly/alzspringsymp2018.

 

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